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CRISCO project. ALDA’s approach in supporting the EU Cohesion Policy: engaging citizens in social inclusion

With the Brexit and the migrant crisis impacting the future of Europe, these issues have become even more acute. Often, foreign and migrant communities are not enough involved in local life. Reasons for this weak integration of foreign, migrant or ‘different’ populations are diverse (discrimination, education, training, employment, access to information and services, housing, etc.) and often local in their characteristics, therefore the solutions are often local too.

ALDA is a leading actor if fostering communities’ cohesion across EU and its neighbourhood in particular in small and medium towns. We facilitate social inclusion thanks to a better involvement of all citizens in local activities, by working with a diversified demographic profile, including the natives, expats, newly arrived migrants, precarious and vulnerable categories.

To help communities explore their own local cohesion challenges and develop appropriate integration and cohesion measures, ALDA and its partners are currently implementing CRISCO: CROSSROAD OF REGIONS - FOSTERING INVOLVEMENT OF ALL CITIZENS IN LOCAL LIFE TO IMPROVE SOCIAL COHESION project, focused on improving mutual understanding and intercultural dialogue between communities of different origins living together in European towns.

The project will be implemented with:

• Municipality of Etterbeek, Brussels Region, Belgium.

• Municipality of Bassano del Grappa, Bassano del Grappa, Italy

• VIFIN (Videnscenter for Integration), Vejle, Denmark

• Municipality of Deft, The Netherlands

• Municipality of Jonava, Lithuania • Municipality of Novo mesto, Slovenia

• Municipality of Rezekne, Latvia

• Municipality of Vlora, Albania

• Municipality of Tartu, Estonia

Throughout the project, ALDA and the partners will develop a local bottom-up approach involving citizens, non-profit and civil society organizations, experts, officials and local authorities, followed by exchanges of experience and networking at transnational meetings, with the intention to foster involvement of all citizens in local life, promote societal and intercultural engagement and improve conditions for civic and democratic participation.

During the project lifetime and beyond, ALDA will support CRISCO towns and their citizens to experiment new or consolidate existing integration initiatives and, by doing so, gain empowerment and become long-lasting actors and ’ambassadors’ of an enhanced social cohesion in Europe.


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